Sunday, August 20, 2017

Weekly Recap // August 20, 2017

I actually did some scrapbooking this week- yay!!! I also made some cards, too, since Lawn Fawn is right in the middle of Release Week festivities.

Lawn Fawn has posted three of my projects on their blog so far, and I'll have two more up in the next few days. All of the new items will be available both at Lawn Fawn and other retailers on August 24th.

I had a lot of fun playing with my new Distress Oxide inks to make the night sky background for this card. It was super easy using the tips that Jennifer McGuire shared in a recent video. The stamps are from the new Costume Party set, and I also used the Village Border and Stitched Hillside Backdrop (Landscape) dies in the background.

I straight-up fell in love with the Shadow Box die from this release!! I didn't think it could get any better than the Scalloped Box Card Pop-Up die, but this little guy is just amazing! It's so much fun to create scene cards that have some depth to them, and, as a bonus, they fold flat and can be mailed using regular envelopes and postage!

The stamps used here are from the new Forest Feast set. The tree and hill dies in the scene are actually part of the Shadow Box die set!

My next card was super simple, but sometimes that's what you need! I really wanted the colors in the candy corn (from the How You Bean: Candy Corn Add-On stamp set) to stand out, so I mounted the shaker jar (using some of the new Lawn Fawn chunky glitter as filler) on gray cardstock cut using the new Stitched Scallop Stackables dies.

The orange paper is from the new Knock On Wood paper line. I also used some aqua paper from the same collection on the shadow box card above. The woodgrain patterns are great for adding a little interest while still keeping things toned down.

The rest of the Lawn Fawn team has made so many amazing, gorgeous projects this week! If you want to check them out, here are links to the posts that are us so far for this Release Week:

Day 1: Intro and Big Giveaway Post
Day 2: Costume Party, Village Border, Trick or Treat Border
Day 3: Shadow Box
Day 4: How You Bean? Candy Corn Add-On, Pumpkin Spice
Day 5: Gift Box, Fall Tiny Tags

Over at The Lilypad I made two digital layouts this week. The first uses one of the add-ons to the August 2017 Mixed Media Monthly kit. The theme this month is Outdoor/Wilderness/Explore, and it is totally amazing! I know I'll be scrapping lots more of my camping adventure photos with this collection.

I also made one catch-up Project Life layout using some of the 2016 Storyteller items that were in Wednesday's SOSN (Something Old, Something New) sale.

And, I know there's only one day left for this, but The Lilypad is having a storewide sale through Monday the 21st, and the entire store is 30% off! Just in case you feel like doing a little digital shopping. :)

Thanks so much for stopping by! I'll be back again next weekend!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Weekly Recap // August 13.2017

Hola, everyone! Just popping in really quickly this week with one new layout to share.

I've not had much time for scrapbooking again this week, but I did want to play with the back to school themed products in the August edition of the Create Crate Monthly subscription over at The Lilypad.

These photos were taken a couple of years ago when Darren was in his second year of medical school, and it's crazy to think that now he's in his last year! He's working on his residency application and getting a couple of away rotations in, and in just over 6 months we'll find out where we'll be moving to for that chapter of this adventure. There's so much to do between now and then that it quite often boggles my mind! Let's just say that my planner and I have become good friends. :)

I should have more to share next week, especially with Lawn Fawn's new release and inspiration week starting next Thursday!

Thanks so much for stopping by- I'll see you all again next week!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Weekly Recap // August 6, 2017

I debated with myself about posting an update this week since I have done zero scrapping and have no new projects to show! Star & Bee has been keeping me super busy with orders, so it's been lots of work while listening to audio books for me lately. With so much work going on longer books are a must, so I'm currently listening to Charles Dickens' Little Dorrit- the dry humor (and Victorian-era snark) in his writing is just wonderful! (And it's almost 32 hours long!)

I don't like posting without an image of some kind, though, so I pulled a couple of layouts out of my gallery at The Lilypad from last month's Build Your Own Collection (BYOC) to share. I was a bit bummed to not have time to work with the August BYOC when it was released on Friday, but I'll go back and make a few pages with it when time allows.

You can click on either page to see it in the Lilypad Gallery along with a list of the products used.

I'm totally in need of some beach time with Darren right now! The house in Mobile is about an hour from Dauphin Island, and we drive out for the day whenever we have time.

I should have time for a digital page or two next week, and then the week after that is the start of Lawn Fawn's Inspiration and Release Week. Lots to look forward to!

Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you have a great week!

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Weekly Recap // July 30, 2017

Wow, so it's week 2 of my new round-up posts here, and I'm already running late! It's been a crazy week, though- our central air conditioning unit decided to die mid-week, and it was several days before we had cooling again in the house! And, of course, those several days would be when the temperatures here were in the mid 90s with humidity hovering somewhere around 88%. Darren and I were both scrambling around working on that little hiccup, so everything else kind of took a back seat for a while.

I did scrap two digital layouts for The Lilypad this week, though! The first uses the August 2017 edition of Just Jaimee's Storyteller subscription. This has got to be, hands down, one of the best values in digital scrapbooking, and her designs are always fantastic!

I've been working on catching up on past years of Project Life (the photos and notes are all there, the time to scrap just often isn't), and I used the August edition of The Lilypad's Memory Pockets Monthly subscription for a spread from 2015. Darren was peeking over my shoulder while I was working on this one and really liked seeing photos of the progress on the workshop that he built for me that summer, so there's at least one plus to continuing to work on these pages- even if I am a couple of years late!

One last quick thing, just in case you're interested- Simon Says Stamp has all of the new Lawn Fawn goodies that will be released at the end of August up for preorder. I just finished organizing all of the new stamps and dies this week and am gearing up to make projects for the next Inspiration Week on the Lawn Fawn blog. I am so excited about all of the new products!

I hope you all had a great weekend and have a wonderful week. Until next time!

Friday, July 21, 2017

Weekly Recap // July 21, 2017

It's really time that I dust the ol' blog off and try to do something with it again! Even though the days of me having time to blog daily are long gone (let's face it, I can't even get an post up on Instagram every day!), I still scrap for Lawn Fawn and The Lilypad and would like a place to share what's going on at those two places.

Ashli Oliver had an amazing idea last year to round up all of her scrapping and art journaling posts from various galleries and social media into one blog post each week, and I'm going to borrow that idea from her and try to round up all of my work each Friday. We'll see if I can actually keep up with it!

Lawn Fawn has been showing off their new stamps, dies, papers, and accessories all week long. It's an absolutely massive release with three paper lines, 14 new stamp sets, 24 standalone dies, and new ink cubes, embossing powders, and glitter. Everything will be available for purchase in late August.

I think that my favorite of the bunch is the new Knock on Wood paper line- the colors are so pretty, and the pattern will go with almost anything!

You can see all of the new releases in Lawn Fawn's daily posts:

Day 1Day 2Day 3Day 4Day 5

Last fall I joined the Pollywog creative team at The Lilypad and had been having a blast making digital layouts for them. Digital scrapbooking is so much easier and faster for me in so many ways- all of the supplies are stored on a hard drive and don't require extra shelves, the ability to "undo" changes (especially with paint!) is amazing, and cleanup is as simple as closing down Photoshop.

This week I made two layouts for their weekly Froggy Friday release. You can click through each layout to see it in The Lilypad gallery along with links to the products used for each page.

The Lilypad is also having its annual Christmas in July sale this week! If you still have photos from Christmases past to catch up on, this is a great time to grab some fresh supplies to work on them! Everything in the Christmas, Winter, and Document Your December categories is 35% off through July 30.

And I did manage to get one post up on Instagram this week! I'm the official keeper of my niece and nephew's school keepsakes, and last weekend I spent some time photographing everything in the box that my brother sent home with me at the end of their school year. 

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Some of the physical items will be kept, but a lot of it can be recycled now. All of the pictures will be printed into a photo book for each child, so at the end of their school careers they'll theoretically have one tote full of the actual projects and then a collection of slim photo books that capture everything else. 

And now I'm off to work for the day and then to enjoy the weekend. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Lawn Fawn // Perfectly Plaid Layouts

Welcome back to my third entry for Lawn Fawn's February Inspiration Week! Today I have two layouts to share using the new Perfectly Plaid papers that were part of the CHA Winter 2016 release. All of the new items will be available for purchase on February 18th in the Lawn Fawn shop and at other retailers, and both Simon Says Stamp and actually have the entire CHA Winter 2016 release available for preorder right now!


My first layout uses Perfectly Plaid pretty much on its own- just some white cardstock, vellum, and a tag added in. I find that my Lawn Fawn layouts are a little bit less full of "stuff" than my other pages, simply because the company makes fewer embellishments. I enjoy the challenge, though, and they make plenty of dies that make it easy to make my own page accents.


Hands down my favorite Lawn Fawn dies to use on layouts are their alphabets. I used Finley's ABCs to cut the title for this page from some salmon colored felt. A few years ago I bought a big 6x9 sampler pack of awesome wool blend felt from Benzie Design, and it's become a staple on my Lawn Fawn pages. Honestly, if I could go back in time to when I first started scrapbooking, I wouldn't buy Thickers or large alphabet stickers at all- I'd gladly trade them all for alphabet dies and some basic materials such as foam, felt, and cork that are so versatile and don't leave you with lots of leftover letters!



You'll be seeing lots of miss Sophie Clare on my Perfectly Plaid layouts over the next few months since her wardrobe seems to be a perfect match for the colors in the collection, but for my second layout today I actually ventured into some garden photos.


This page mixes Perfectly Plaid with Lawn Fawn's second new paper collection, Let's Polka in the Meadow. The colors in the two lines really complement each other nicely.


I used another set of Lawn Fawn alphabet dies- this time it was Cole's ABCs- to cut my title from some thin cork sheets.



Thanks so much for stopping by today! I'll be back tomorrow with one final card using more of the new release stamps. See you then!

If you are interested in the products that I used in this post, you'll find them linked up below. I do participate in affiliate programs and use those links where possible. If you make a purchase after clicking on one of these links I do earn a small commission, but it doesn't cost you anything extra. The Lawn Fawn products used in this post were provided to me in exchange for design work. The remaining products were my own purchases. 

Monday, February 15, 2016

Lawn Fawn // Rooting For You Card

Hello, and a very happy Monday to everyone! I'm back with another card for Lawn Fawn's February installment of their Inspiration Week, and this time I'm using the new Rooting For You stamp set that was part of their CHA Winter 2016 release. All of the new items will be available for purchase on February 18th in the Lawn Fawn shop and at other retailers, and both Simon Says Stamp and actually have the entire CHA Winter 2016 release available for preorder right now!


Rooting For You was one of my favorite sets from this release because I love the effect you get from layered stamping. This is Lawn Fawn's first excursion into this type of design, but with their expanding ink line it's a natural direction for them to branch into. Most of the vegetables have two layers- one a solid base and then another to add more detail- and the greens are stamped in two parts, as well.


These are very easy to line up, and if you've been intimidated by layered stamps in the past this would be a great set to start with. The faces are also separate stamps, so you have your choice or kawaii or non-kawaii vegetables depending on your mood. There are examples of both by the Lawn Fawn team over on the company blog, along with intro project videos by Kelly.


This was the card that actually started my watercolor "blob" obsession with this release. I was looking for a cute way to represent dirt and sky and wasn't thrilled with the results I was getting from ink blending. I always love Kay Miller's watercolored cards, and while I'm nowhere near as good as she is, I do like how it turned out on my projects!

Like yesterday's card, I cut the watercolor background using the largest of the Small Stitched Rectangles dies and adhered it to a card base made from 100 lb Neenah Desert Storm cardstock. The sentiment is stamped using Versamark ink and white embossing powder to make it pop off of the brown background.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Tomorrow Lawn Fawn will be showcasing their new Perfectly Plaid paper collection, and I'll have two layouts to share. See you then!

If you are interested in the products that I used in this post, you'll find them linked up below. I do participate in affiliate programs and use those links where possible. If you make a purchase after clicking on one of these links I do earn a small commission, but it doesn't cost you anything extra. The Lawn Fawn products used in this post were provided to me in exchange for design work. The remaining products were my own purchases.